Voltaire

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire Full Name: Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet]
Nationality: French

Profession: Enlightenment Philosopher
Why Famous: French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and the separation of church and state.

Born: November 21, 1694
Star Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

Died: May 30, 1778 (aged 83)

Historical Events in the Life of Voltaire

  • 1718-11-18 Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris
  • 1730-12-11 Voltaire's "Brutus" premieres in Paris
  • 1732-08-13 Voltaire's "Zaire" premieres in Paris
  • 1753-03-25 Voltaire leaves the court of Frederik II of Prussia
  • 1762-03-10 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform
  • 1765-01-11 Frisia bans Voltaires "Traité sur la tolérance"
  • 1765-03-09 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.
  • 1778-03-30 Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath

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